VOLUME 34 - NUMBER 1-2 - 2013

Two cases of right atrial myxoma in redo patients. A mere coincidence?

  • Sansone F., Ceresa F., Patanè F.
  • Original Article, 11-13
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  • We describe two cases of right atrial myxoma in redo patients who had previously undergone to coronary artery by-pass grafting (CABGs) and mitral valve replacement respectively. Both of patients experienced effort dyspnea and were assessed by trans-thoracic echocardiography, revealing the right atrial masses. They were operated on for myxoma resection and postoperative course was uneventful. Our report deals with the interesting topic of the location of benign masses that are usually more common in the left atrium. Should we hypothesize that the right atrial manipulation during the previous surgery induces the onset of the right atrial mass? It is an interesting matter to debate.

  • KEY WORDS: Right atrial myxoma - Redo surgery - Pedicle - Effort dyspnea.